Labor Solidarity

Workers are struggling all across the world to fight for safe working conditions, fair wages, and decent benefits, and supporting each other is crucial to building a strong labor movement. APWU stands in solidarity with working people everywhere. We are all in this together! Read below to learn more about some of the struggles our brothers and sisters are engaged in, and find out how you can help:

Stand up for the Nabisco 600

Check the label and BOYCOTT Nabisco products made in Mexico!

Mondelēz International, which makes Nabisco snacks, outsourced 600 good union jobs to Mexico, closing the largest commercial bakery in the United States. The company isn’t losing money; this move was simply to line the pockets of the CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, and other stakeholders and executives. As a result, BCTGM union workers in Chicago lost their jobs.

Stand together with our BCTGM brothers and sisters. Click here to learn more.

News: Labor Solidarity

Q&A with Our Revolution President Nina Turner

03/28/2018 -

Nina Turner speaking at the 23rd Biennial National
Convention on Aug. 22, 2016 in Orlando, FL

Our Revolution formed in the wake of Senator Bernie Sanders’ ground-breaking presidential campaign. The American Postal Worker spoke with its President, former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner about the organization’s future goals.  Q: What is Our Revolution? 

A: “Our Revolution is an organization that is building progressive, grassroots movements all across the country, in a way that reminds people that the political power is in our hands. In order to create a strong democracy, people have to be engaged.

‘Let Them Eat Cake’

03/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein   

When the hungry people were demanding bread, French Queen Marie Antoinette was said to utter the words, “Let Them Eat Cake!” Little wonder she lost her head in the ensuing 1789 French revolution.

Bill Lucy Presented with Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award

03/01/2018 -

(L-R) International Civil Rights Center and Museum founders Melvin “Skip” Alston and Earl F. Jones, Secretary-Treasurer Powell, Honoree William ‘Bill’ Lucy, and President Mark Dimondstein  presenting the Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award.

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award was given to renowned trade union leader and APWU member William “Bill” Lucy on Feb. 3, in Greensboro, NC. The museum is on the site of the Woolworth Department store where four courageous African-American students “stood up” by sitting down at the segregated lunch counter in 1960, and sparked a sit-in movement for equal rights that spread throughout the south, and beyond. Sixteen national unions and the AFL-CIO joined in supporting the event and honoring Bill Lucy.

It’s Time to Play Amazon’s New Hit Game, ‘Milk the Taxpayer!’

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The following article by Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and popular activist) originally appeared in the Hightower Lowdown and was edited for length.

Milk the Taxpayer, the old corporate-politico con game, is a 5-step con that generally works like this:

  1. GreatBigCorporation decides to build a facility in City A.
  2. Claiming the project will create beaucoup jobs, GBC demands that City A’s officials fork over boodles of tax breaks and gimmes.
  3. If the officials hem and haw, GBC approaches City B to stir up a bidding war.
  4. Fearing the stigma from “losing” those jobs, City A officials cave to GBC’s demands.
  5. At a joint press conference, both parties hail the “win-win” deal and praise each other’s forward-looking vision and integrity.

Labor News

03/01/2018 -

L. A.Times newsroom workers celebrate their organizing victory.
Photo courtesy of the NewsGuild-CWA

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

L.A. Times’ Newsroom Unionizes in Landslide Vote 

Reversing 136 years of management rule, 85 percent of employees working in the Los Angeles Times’ newsroom voted to join The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America, in a 248-44 vote on Jan. 4.

APWU Web News Article 18-2018

President Dimondstein and Northeast Region Coordinator Dirzius Visit Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

APWU Members Highlight Challenges after Catastrophic Hurricanes

02/22/2018 -

MVS Members and local officers of the Puerto Rico Area Local with President Dimondstein and Coordinator Dirzius. 

President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Region Coordinator John H. Dirzius recently visited Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to talk with APWU members affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. The purpose of the trip was to hear first-hand what is on the minds of our members five months after the hurricanes devastated their homes, their lives and their work sites.

Labor News

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

International Unions Denounce T-Mobile for Union-Busting

During a UNI Global Union conference, a coalition of information technology and telecommunication workers from over a dozen nations unanimously denounced T-Mobile and its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, for suppressing workers’ attempts to form a union in the United States. Countries included Argentina, Mexico, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Nicaragua, Peru, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uru- guay and the United States.

‘Join Together! Fight Together! Win Together!’

Call to Action at the AFL-CIO Convention

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Elizabeth 'Liz' Powell, Debby Szeredy, 
Judy Beard, Vance Zimmerman, 
Clint Burelson and 
Omar Gonzalez at the AFL-CIO Convention

The APWU was one of 55 unions who participated in the AFL-CIO’s 28th Constitutional Conven- tion in St. Louis, MO, from Oct. 22-25. The convention is held every four years, during which officers are elected and resolutions are passed that guide the largest vol- untary federation of national and international labor unions. 

Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike Anniversary

50 Years Later, Unity of Labor and Civil Rights Lives On

01/01/2018 -

March 29, 1968 protest Photo by Richard Copley

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

This spring marks 50 years since sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Mountaintop” speech and his subsequent assassination.